Published case reviews highlight that professionals sometimes lack the knowledge and confidence to work with families from different cultures and religions. A lack of understanding of the religions and cultural context of families can lead to professionals overlooking situations that may put family members at risk; whilst the desire to be culturally-sensitive can result in professionals accepting lower standards of care.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to take into account families’ cultural and religious context when undertaking assessments and offering support. The rights and needs of the child need to remain the focus of interventions at all times, regardless of this context.
Published: June 2014
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Provides information about approaching safeguarding from within the beliefs, teachings and cultural context of faith communities.
Work closely with faith-based communities or groups? Learn more about why it's essential that they understand their safeguarding responsibilities and listen to children and young people.
Provides information on how to recognise, respond to and prevent abuse from people in a position of authority such as teachers, care workers and doctors.